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TikTok’s parent company ByteDance planned to use TikTok to track the locations of U.S. citizens, a Forbes exclusive has revealed. A $1 billion class action antitrust lawsuit is in store for Amazon in the U.K. Finally, Elon Musk plans to axe 75% of Twitter’s employees once his $44 billion acquisition of the company closes.
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TikTok parent ByteDance planned to use TikTok to monitor the physical location of specific American citizens, Forbes discovered. The project, assigned to a Beijing-led team, would have involved accessing location data from some U.S. users’ devices without their knowledge or consent.
Elon Musk reportedly plans to lay off 75% of Twitter’s workforce once his long-awaited $44 billion takeover of the social media platform closes. The massive downsizing could impact user experience as some cuts will include staff assigned to critical infrastructure like data centers, which could make it increasingly difficult to police information and defend against security risks.
Hateful rhetoric isn’t putting a pinch on resales of Adidas’ Yeezy sneakers—at least not yet. Despite causing persistent chaos in recent months including making antisemitic comments, harassing his ex-wife on social media, and wearing clothes that mock the Black Lives Matter movement, rapper Kanye West is still experiencing steady, unbothered sales in the House of Ye. More: The Anti-Defamation League penned an open letter calling on Adidas to drop West and Yeezys following the rapper’s remarks.
Long hours, heavy workloads, cutthroat culture, lengthy commutes and low wages are among a litany of workplace stressors that are increasingly harming workers’ mental and physical health, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned in a groundbreaking report that marks the first time the office has weighed in on potentially destructive effects of a toxic workplace. Americans have been resigning or “quiet quitting” in droves, contributing to $575 billion in lost productivity each year.
Amazon faces a $1 billion class action lawsuit in the U.K. over claims that the e-commerce giant uses a “secretive” algorithm to direct shoppers away from lower cost goods available elsewhere. The antitrust suit specifically hinges on the company’s Buy Box tool, which accounts for up to 92% of Amazon purchases and allegedly promotes “featured offers” even if they’re listed at higher prices compared to other retailers.
As pickleball surges in popularity as the nation’s fastest-growing sport, NBA star Kevin Durant is jumping on the action by acquiring an expansion team in Major League Pickleball. The purchase means that three of the four highest-paid American athletes are now Major League Pickleball owners, as Tom Brady and LeBron James were each announced as owners of other expansion teams earlier this month.
Inside King Charles III’s $25 Billion Real Estate Empire
The new British monarch lords over seven palaces, 10 castles, 12 homes, 56 cottages, and 14 ancient ruins where he can hang up his crown.
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In the U.S.’s profit-driven, hospital-centered healthcare system, Black infants are 2.3 times more likely to die than white babies, while Black women face a three times greater chance of death from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Entrepreneur Leseliey Welch, who leads Birth Center Equity, looks to change that by raising capital and providing operational funding for birth centers around the nation led by people of color. The organization doled out or committed about $1.1 million since 2020.
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This Australian Bar Just Won “Best Bar Team In The World” – Here’s What Makes Them Shine
Sydney, Australia bar Maybe Sammy cleaned up at the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s 2022 Spirited Awards, bringing home to Down Under the accolade for Best International Bar Team, while Creative Director Martin Hudak won Best International Brand Ambassador. Inspired by the Hollywood glamor of the Rat Pack in the 1960s, Maybe Sammy aims to create a stage where guests can be similarly entertained while enjoying high-quality drinks, Hudak says, noting that high energy from open to close creates “an amazing performance.”
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